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For more than a century, the Eugene Water & Electric Board has provided its customers with reliable electric services at reasonable rates. As Oregon's largest citizen-owned municipal utility, we strive to keep you informed about any changes in your electric rates.

2014 rate actions: Electric

EWEB continues to face lower revenues due to the continuing low prices it receives for selling surplus power to other utilities, along with a net reduction in BPA resources. The revenues for the sale of surplus power historically have been used to keep customer rates low. In addition, EWEB has made substantial investments in renewable power (wind, biomass) which are much more expensive than traditional generation resources such as hydro and even new natural gas generation.

In spite of unprecedented budget reductions, EWEB will still have to raise electric and water rates in 2014, but not by as much as initially thought.

  • EWEB's cost reductions over the past two years have avoided annual rate increases in the 20% range. These budget cuts have resulted in rate actions that are more reasonable and affordable for our customers.
  • Because of the budget reductions, management recommended a 4.5% increase that went into effect with February 2014 bills.
  • Approved by commissioners on Dec. 3, 2013, the electric rate increase will add about $5.15 to the typical apartment's monthly bill, based on consumption of 570 kilowatt-hours. For a typical single-family home, the increase wwill add about $6.19 to the monthly bill, based on consumption of 1,600 kilowatt-hours.

EWEB commissioners held two public hearings on the 2014 budget and rate actions on Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.

Current rates

(Effective Feb. 1, 2014)

The Residential Electric rate is composed of three monthly charges: the Basic Charge, the Delivery Charge and the Energy Charge.

Services that must be provided to you regardless of your usage, such as meter reading, billing and customer service, are listed under Basic Charge.

The Delivery Charge covers the costs of all "back-end" work required to send power over EWEB's distribution system to your home. It includes the operation and maintenance of local wires, transformers, poles and equipment.

The Energy Charge covers the costs of producing the electricity and transmitting it over long-distance transmission systems to Eugene's distribution system. (If you have signed up for EWEB Greenpower, it will appear on this portion of your bill.)

General Service rates also include a Demand Charge, which charges for peak kilowatt (kW) usage during the billing period.

Residential service

See rates for residential customers.

Small general service

See rates for general service customers using 0-30 monthly kilowatts.

Medium general service

See rates for general service customers using 31-500 monthly kilowatts.

Large general service

See rates for general service customers using 501-10,000 monthly kilowatts.

Other electric rates and rate schedules

For large general service, street lighting and other electric rates, as well as all rate schedules, visit EWEB's Policies and Procedures Manual (Chapter V). The manual is in PDF format and contains left-hand bookmarks and links in the table of contents for easier navigation to the rate schedules.

Northwest utility electric rate comparison

The following graph illustrates how EWEB's current electric rates compare to rates in 12 other Northwest communities (as of February 2014).

Comparison of electric rates amongst regional utilities

Questions?

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